The Manpower survey on talent shortage is conducted every year with the aim of determining the jobs which are the most difficult to fill. It highlights the reasons which lead to these recruitment difficulties and describes the strategies adopted by employers to stem the lack of talent and skill.

Each year, over 41,000 employers in 42 countries and territories take part in the survey, revealing a picture of the trends of the job market and possible lines of approach. This also brings to light conceivable solutions for an ideal management of human resources. In Switzerland, the representative survey is based on nearly 750 employers.

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The 2015 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey

Talent shortage is a growing problem in Switzerland, where 41% of employers are struggling to find workers with the right skills to fill their vacancies. The talent shortage has increase by 8 percentage points since 2014, but the most striking results can be found in the reasons given by companies to explain their recruitment difficulties:

  • 50% of employers cannot find candidates with the right technical skills
  • 45% are simply finding that there aren’t enough candidates, or that good ones are unavailable. 

These figures have increased drastically since last year, with the number of employers unable to find skilled workers up 14 percentage points and those citing a lack of candidates up 18 percentage points. 31% of employers are also finding that applicants do not have the relevant degrees or certificates.

These difficulties are having a tangible impact on businesses in our country. 64% of the employers having trouble filling their vacancies say that this reduces their ability to satisfy their clients, while 49% feel they are becoming less competitive.

However, when asked what strategies they are implementing to deal with these issues, 43% of companies say they do not have any. Of the employers who have taken steps to tackle the talent shortage, 29% are trying new people practices (promoting a culture of training and development among their staff), while 13% are attempting to explore untapped talent pools and 15% are changing the way they organise their work. The top three jobs employers are having difficulty filling remain largely the same as last year. 

See the survey results from Switzerland and around the world and discover practical ideas for finding the right talent despite the shortage.
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To know more about Talent Shortage worldwide, click here.

2014 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey

The ninth annual Talent Shortage Survey, for which 37,436 companies in 42 countries and territories were interviewed in the first quarter of 2014, reveals that 36% of employers are having difficulty filling vacant positions due to a shortage of skills and talent. In Switzerland, 33% of the 752 organisations surveyed are affected by the talent shortage, which is four percentage points lower than in 2013. The survey focuses on the main reasons for this talent shortage mentioned by the companies and shows the impact it has on organisations. Finally, it presents various strategies pursued by organisations experiencing a talent shortage. The survey also compiles a list of the ten most sought after jobs in Switzerland and throughout the world in 2014. Skilled trade workers come out on top once again.

Manpower is proposing solutions aimed specifically at HR professionals to enable them to help companies overcome the talent shortage: 

  1. As supply and demand experts, they must ensure that their organisation has the right balance of skills to achieve its goals.
  2. As marketers, they must enhance the image of their organisation’s brand to attract and retain the right candidates.
  3. As designers, they must redefine and reinvent working parameters, to contribute actively to their company’s profits.

Learn about the results of the survey for Switzerland and the world and the role of HR in managing talent shortages.
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To download the international white paper in English, click here.

The Great Talent Shortage Awakening:
Actions to Take for a Sustainable Workforce

According to the eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey, 35% of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling jobs and, this year, the shortage is at its highest level since the period leading up to the economic crisis in Europe and across the world. 
The White Paper offers various solutions to stem this chronic shortage of qualified staff, including tapping into new sources of talent, resorting to Teachable Fits, creating a culture of talent development within the organization, or promoting continuing training.

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ManpowerGroup's 2013 Talent Shortage Survey

The eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey, carried out during the first quarter of 2013 in 38,000 companies across 42 countries and territories, reveals that 35% of employers are having difficulty filling positions due to a shortage of available talents. This percentage, up by one percentage point since 2012, is the highest since 2007. The findings of the Survey underline the 10 most sought-after positions in Switzerland and worldwide as well as the main causes for the talent shortage according to participating employers. 

Find out what the ten most sought after positions are in Switzerland and worldwide.
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Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle – Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage

As revealed by the 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, 34% of employers around the world have trouble finding talent for their open positions. However, as the global talent shortage worsens and evolves into an ongoing crisis, too many employers seem to remain inactive and resign themselves to leaving positions unfilled, putting their companies’ growth at risk. The white paper "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle – Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage" explores several tailored solutions to help employers effectively address the shortage with staff management strategies. Suggested solutions include: hiring candidates with a "Teachable Fit", hyperspecialization of work, flexible staffing, strategic migration of talent and exploring untapped talent pools. 

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ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey

The seventh edition of the annual Talent Shortage Survey, carried out during the first quarter of 2012 with approximately 38,000 companies in 41 different countries and territories reveals that an average of one employer out of three (34%) still has difficulty filling positions because of a lack of available talent. This is the same result as last year. In Switzerland, 28% of the 490 companies surveyed reported being affected by the talent shortage. With a drop of 18 percentage points when compared to last year, this result is a record low since the beginning of the Survey in 2006.

Find out what the ten most sought after positions are in Switzerland and worldwide.
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Promoting Talent, a Forward-Looking Strategy

The results of the 2011 Talent Shortage Survey published in June show that 34% of employers worldwide are having difficulty filling positions. This year again, the shortage reflects a mismatch between the talent demand and supply. The White Paper "Promoting talent, a Forward-Looking Strategy" suggests ways to tackle the lack of qualified workers and highlights the importance of designing a strategic human resources plan and anticipating long terms personnel needs.

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